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The 4th largest city in Israel, Rishon Lezion sits along the central Israel coastal plain only 8km from Tel Aviv. Founded by 10 Jewish immigrants in 1882, today it has a population of about 249,860. The city's Great Synagogue built in 1885 was the main focus of life for its early settlers. Rishon Lezion is one of the fastest-growing cities in Israel and the 3rd youngest city in the country with about 31% of its population being children and teenagers. A staggering 61.4% of all its residents are under the age of 40. The town's main industries are in wine, construction, commerce and services with heaps of factories and workshops dotted around the old industrial zone that is also a thriving area for dance clubs, restaurants, pubs and coworking venues.

Rishon Lezion may not be a tech hub today, but its tech scene along with that of the whole of the country is growing fast to the point where it is being labeled the "Startup Nation". Israel has a huge number of entrepreneurs and tech companies in a country that has 9 million people. It has been suggested that Israel will lose its edge if it can't integrate its Arab minority into the tech industry, as they do make up 21% of its total population but only 3% of its tech workforce. The government is taking steps to remedy this issue and plans to invest US$25.6 million into small and medium-sized Arab businesses.

Israel has already produced a large number of successful tech companies, such as the social navigation app "Waze" that sold to Google in 2013 for US$1.15 billion. Rishon Lezion with its big population is just one more city in Israel that is producing tech savvy souls who hang out in collaborative bliss at coworking venues where they can get support and have a likeminded community to play with.

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